Trump Credits People of Faith for Leading ‘Abolition of Civil Rights’ in National Prayer Breakfast Gaffe

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President Donald Trump seemed to flub his lines during a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, acknowledging people of faith for their work towards the “abolition of civil rights.”

“Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our Independence, to abolition of civil rights, to extending the vote for women, have been led by people of faith and started in prayer,” Trump said.

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In context, it would seem Trump meant to credit people of faith for their work towards abolition and civil rights. But with one changed word, the message came out very differently. The flub comes just two days after Trump reportedly told a group of news anchors that he actually doesn’t make any gaffes, despite his frequent tendency to speak off the cuff and make dubious statements:

“Biden was never very smart. He was a terrible student. His gaffes are unbelievable. When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”

Trump’s Thursday stumble will likely provide more fodder to his critics, but it’s not the first time he’s turned heads with his speech to the National Prayer Breakfast. In 2017, Trump offered a prayer for Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a back-handed attack on the actor’s failed effort to take the helm of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” after Trump left the show to enter politics.

“We know how that turned out,” Trump told the crowd at the 2017 breakfast. “The ratings went right down the tubes. It has been a disaster.”

“And I want to just pray for Arnold if we can,” he added. “For those ratings.”

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Deirdre Lewis

Trumputin, Putin’s gf, said Monday that Joe Biden made gaffes, he doesn’t make them. Everything he says is deliberate. So he meant abolition of civil rights just like he said. No gaffe, its a fact. Besides didn’t most if not ALL white Terrorists groups like the KKK, Proud Boys, White Aryan Nation come from so called Christian or Evangelical churches.

Rocky Drummond

The NPB should be avoided by politicians with integrity. It is overly influential in corrupt ways, now, and is getting involved in very questionable areas, such as with their recent trips to Russia.

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